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Each week we will discuss all the exciting news about what is happening in the beautiful Space Coast!
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Episode 56 - Canaveral Port Authority Chairman Wayne Justice
Join us Friday, June 18 at 10 a.m. We will be speaking with Canaveral Port Authority Chairman Wayne Justice, a retired U.S. Coast Guard Admiral.
We will discuss cruising from Port Canaveral, tourism in the Cove area of the Port, and his coveted position as a military aide to President George H.W. Bush and President Bill Clinton.
Justice lived in the White House and traveled aboard Air Force One to all four corners of the globe because wherever the President went, Justice went.
Episode 55 - Visitor Services Manager, Kim King-Wrenn of the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge
Join us Friday, June 11 at 1 p.m., at the Visitor Center at the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, in Titusville
We will be talking with the Visitor Services Manager, Kim King-Wrenn. She works on permitting for the eco-tour guides, and her team hosts over 1.5 million visitors to the Center each year.
The Center provides tours and lectures for visitors from around the world and environmental learning experiences for local schoolchildren.
Episode 54 - Quinisha Bredwood Owner of Q's Crackin' Crab and Seafood Kitchen and Administrative Director Shayla Murray
Join us on Friday, June 4, at 11 a.m. as we sit down with Q (Quinisha Bredwood) Owner and Manager of Q’s Crackin’ Crab and Seafood Kitchen in Cocoa Beach.
We’ll be discussing the history of Q’s while learning more about Quinisha and her interest in opening a fast-casual seafood kitchen, offering soulful flavored seafood options cooked to order.
Seeking to give the area an alternative to the usual seafood options, the staff at Q’s pride themselves on the quality products, the flavor spectrum, and a few dishes that aren’t available just anywhere around town. Being open almost 11 months... Q’s is out here making waves.
Episode 53 - Debra Green Manager of the Hilton Oceanfront, Frances Ramirez Food and Beverage Director for LongBoards, and John Hughes, Executive Director of the Florida Surf Museum at Longboards Tiki Beach Grille located at Cocoa Beach Hilton.
Tune in to our LIVE 321 Lift Off Podcast at 1pm at Longboards Tiki Beach Grille located at Cocoa Beach Hilton. Be present to win 2 free tickets to the home opener of The Jacksonville Jaguars as they take on The Denver Broncos!
Longboards Tiki Restaurant has a great ambiance is well known for the fabulous Tiki-covered bar, and has a new menu featuring great dishes and drinks. We will be discussing how their special events are helping not only the restaurant but the tourism industry in general.
The Florida Surf Museum, a museum that is preserving Florida's Surfing history, and we will discuss the museum's unique history and culture of surfing on Florida's East Coast.
Episode 52 - Fairvilla Boutique Manager Erica Ulrich and her marketing team.
Join us as we meet with Fairvilla Boutique Manager Erica Ulrich and her marketing team. Fairvilla Boutique in Cape Canaveral is the newest store in the Fairvilla family that hosts an extensive collection of lingerie and dancewear, massage products, wellness essentials, and other unique gifts.
What makes the Fairvilla shopping experience special is the dedicated and highly trained staff. They are the key to a successful operation and a quality customer experience.
After all, Fairvilla wants everyone who shops in their stores to “Feel Good, About Feeling Good."
Episode 51 - Austin Oplinger the Manager at Papa Vito's Italian Restaurant.
Join us as we meet with Austin Oplinger the Manager at Papa Vito's Italian Restaurant.
At Papa Vito's we know that in life all you need is family, friends, and great food! This is why we take life one slice at a time! All of our food is made fresh to order. Our dough and sauces are made fresh every morning; our vegetables are brought in fresh every day too.
Whether you are in the mood for some great Italian dishes, mouth-watering garlic knots, or just hanging out with some co-workers at happy hour, we are sure you will leave full and happy.
Episode 50 - Dr. Gioia Massa and Dr. Jamie Foster, two scientists from NASA who have experiments going to the International Space Station.
Join us when we speak with two scientists from NASA who have experiments going to the International Space Station.
Dr. Gioia Massa, a NASA life science project scientist at Kennedy Space Center, works on space crop production for the International Space Station and future exploration endeavors. Massa holds a Ph.D. in Plant Biology, stemmed from her Middle School passion for growing plants in space. Her most recent efforts involve research led by Massa and supported studies of agriculture in microgravity – specifically on the International Space Station. Receiving feedback from current astronauts in space on which crops taste best, Massa will build her knowledge, leading a test of dwarf tomatoes planned for 2022.
Dr. Jamie Foster, a Professor in Microbiology and Cell Science at the University of Florida, maintains a research lab at the Space Life Sciences Lab at Exploration Park in Merritt Island. Foster is a Space Biologist and examines healthy interactions between microbial communities and their surrounding environments. Further improving our understanding of molecular mechanisms that microbes use to adapt and respond to changes in the environment, Foster will lead an upcoming experiment on Space X 22 called UMAMI. The research will examine the effects of spaceflight on the beneficial interactions between a bobtail squid and its symbiotic microbe. Foster’s experiment is set to launch in early June 2021.
Episode 49 - Heather Lewis the Marketing Director for Ron Jon Surf Shop
Join us as we meet with Heather Lewis, the Marketing Director for Ron Jon Surf Shop. The World's Most Famous Surf Shop offers the best selection of surf, skate, swim, and beach essentials on earth. We will be discussing the amazing journey of Ron Jon Surf Shop growing its brand, becoming a generational family tradition, and discussing Florida Tourism today.
Episode 48 - Michelle Martindale, Director of Sales for the Beachside Hotel and Suites; and Debra Green, Manager of the Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront
Episode 47 - Live at The Garra Fish Spa with Owner Ray Borges
Garra Spas offers a unique fish spa experience you won't find anywhere else! The process includes a fish spa experience and an ionic cleanse to help the body feel relaxed and refreshed!
Episode 46 - Live Podcast with The Florida Key Lime Pie Company
Come treat yourself at The Florida Key Lime Pie Company offering Florida’s BEST Key Lime Pie and Gourmet Tropical Cheesecakes available in the Sunshine State!
Episode 45 - Captain Ritche Soliday, Sail Cocoa Beach
Have you ever dreamed of sailing the open ocean? Of feeling the salt sea breeze in your face and warm sun on your skin? Of seeing breathtaking sunsets over an endless horizon and experiencing the joyful freedom of life on the water? Then join us Friday, April 2nd at 10 a.m. as we talk with Captain Ritche the owner of Sail Cocoa Beach.
Episode 44 - Thunder on Cocoa Beach With Kerry Bartlett and Mike Schwarz
Welcome back to 321 Lift Off! Today we are joined by Kerry Bartlett and Mike Schwarz who will be discussing Thunder on Cocoa Beach. Thunder on Cocoa Beach Superboat races will be returning for its 11th year on Florida’s Space Coast, tentatively scheduled for May 2021. The Space Coast Super Boat Grand Prix is one of the most popular attractions for the whole family in Central Florida. The event, one of the largest in Central Florida, draws the top race teams in the World to compete in various classes with the premier class reaching speeds over 175 mph.
Episode 43 - Mosh Gal, Owner of Beachwave Beachwear, The Largest Beach Retailer On The Space Coast!
Today we are joined by Mosh Gal, who is the Owner of Beachwave Beachwear, with multiple locations across the Space Coast. We discuss the history of Beachwave Beachwear. Mosh discusses the uniqueness of the stores, and how you can get all beach needs from chairs, umbrellas, apparel, beach toys, unique souvenirs and much more!
Episode 42 - Peter Cranis and Laurilee Thompson Join 321 Lift Off to Discuss Great Special Events Going On in the Space Coast
Today we are revisiting with two of our favorite guests, Peter Cranis and Laurilee Thompson. Peter Cranis is the Executive Director of the Space Coast Office of Tourism and Laurilee Thompson is the owner of Dixie Crossroads in Titusville and a true advocate for environmental protection for our lands, rivers and ocean. Peter and Laurilee give us an update on how things have been since we last spoke with them. We learn about all new special events and tourism information from Peter. Laurilee discusses her background in nature advocacy and spring break within Dixie Crossroads.
Episode 41 - Christina Artz, Owner of Coconuts on the Beach
Get your beach towel ready because we are live at Coconuts on the Beach. We are joined by Christina Artz who is the owner of Coconuts on the Beach. We discuss the background and history of Coconuts. Christina gives us some background on herself as well. We learn about the great ambience, scenery and just all around great vibe of Coconuts. I mean, look at it!
Episode 40 - Club 52 at Melbourne Greyhound Park
Welcome to 321 Lift Off! Get those poker chips ready because we're live at Club 52 at Melbourne Greyhound Park. We are joined by Jeff O’Brien, General Manager of Club 52; Jeff Marr, Poker Room Manager; Lydia Burlew, Manager of Events and Marketing. We discuss the history and background of Club 52, rebranding of Melbourne Greyhound Park, tournaments (high hands/Club 52 Jackpot/high card flush, simulcasts special events and more. Visit https://mgpark.com/ for more information!
Episode 39- Orlando Melbourne International Airport
Hello and welcome to 321 Lift Off. Today we are joined by Rob Himler and Melissa Naughton of the Orlando Melbourne International Airport. Rob is the Manager of Marketing and Communications and Melissa is the Assistant Director of Business Development and Properties. Rob and Melissa discuss their background with the Airport. They discus the comfort and how easy traveling through the Orlando Melbourne International Airport is compared to others. We learn about the Melbourne Air Show which is May 15-16. Rob also discusses the Aerion supersonic plane that goes over 1000 MPH.
Episode 38 - Bryan Lilley, Cocoa Beach Air Show
Welcome to the 321 Lift Off Podcast! Today, we are joined by Bryan Lilley, who is the Chairman of the National Air, Sea & Space Foundation. Bryan discusses the Cocoa Beach Air Show and the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds. Bryan gives us some behind the scenes stories about air shows in the past. He even drops some exclusive never before heard information. The Cocoa Beach Air Show is April 17-18th and you can watch it live from Air.show. Be sure to book your hotel room at the Beachside Hotel & Suites for the air show weekend. The Beachside Hotel & Suites is a great partner of the 321 Lift Off Podcast.
Episode 37 - Brevard Humane Society Executive Director Theresa Clifton
Welcome to the 321 Lift Off Podcast Episode number 37! Today is a very special episode! We are joined by Theresa Clifton. Theresa is the Executive Director of the Brevard Humane Society. We are in the new facility called the "Bed and Biscuit". It's a hotel for dogs and cats! Theresa discusses the Bed and Biscuit and the different rooms they can offer your pet, the upcoming dog surfing event in Cocoa Beach, chapel services they offer for when your pet crosses the rainbow bridge, the many different fun events that they put on every year and fund raising for the Brevard Humane Society. If you're looking to adopt a pet please visit Brevardhumanesociety.org
If you are visiting the area and going on a cruise or just need a night out without your pet, the Bed & Biscuit is perfect for you. Listen to this episode to learn all about how your VIP, very important pet, will be treated like a king or a queen when they stay here.
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For discounts on all of the fun things to do in Titusville, Cocoa Beach, Melbourne and Palm Bay be sure to visit: www.spacecoastfunguide.com
The Space Coast is located only 30 minutes away from Orlando and the Central Florida attractions.
Episode 36 - Therrin Protze COO of the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
Hello and welcome to 321 Lift off. Get ready for an astronomical sized episode as we are joined by Therrin Protze. Therrin is the COO of Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. If you haven't been to The Kennedy Space Center in a while, you must come. Therrin discusses the new Planet Play exhibit. Planet Play is an indoor interactive area where children play on the planets. Numerous interactive gaming and artistic components are designed to create a memorable learning experience. While kids play and learn, parents can enjoy a coffee, wine and beer bar in a comfortable lounge while watching their tiny explorers learn about space. We discuss all about the new features of the exhibit and what makes Planet Play the place to be.
Be sure to check out this episode to learn all about the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Kennedy is located only 30 minutes outside of Orlando and the Central Florida attractions. They are also within close driving distance to Port Canaveral and Cocoa Beach.
Episode 35 - Ashley Nolan Survivor Season 35 & Owner of Ohana Surf School in Cocoa Beach
Welcome back to the 321 Lift Off Podcast where we talk about all of the FUN things to do on the Space Coast! Today is a special show! We were joined by Ashley Nolan. Ashley is a former "Survivor" contestant and the owner of Ohana Surf School in Cocoa Beach.
Ashley discusses what it was like prepping, filming and the aftermath of being on the 35th season of "Survivor". She also discusses her Ohana Surf School and how she helps teach young surfers.
Ashley also speaks about several charitable organizations she has helped since her return from Survivor including Give Kids the World through the Hearts of Reality event as well as being a coach for the Special Olympics Surf Team. She also discusses her role in the movie Baywatch and her interaction with The Rock.
Hang ten, because this episode is a big one!
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Episode 34 - Kim Agee, Executive Director of Melbourne Main Street
Hello and welcome back to another episode of the 321 Lift Off Podcast! Today, the crew is live at Crane Creek Inn Bed and Breakfast in beautiful Melbourne, Florida. We are joined by Kim Agee, who is the Executive Director of Melbourne Main Street. We learn all about her role as Executive Director. Kim tells us about all of the new buildings downtown, the amazing artwork in the area including the beautiful murals. We also learn about special events going on on the area and so much more.
Melbourne Main Street is a great area to walk around and explore. They have great dining, retail shopping and a wonderful nightlife. When you are planning your visit to the Space Coast, come check out Melbourne Main Street.
Episode 33 - Michael Ayers, President and CEO of the Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce
Today, we are joined by Michael Ayers, who is the President and CEO of the Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce located in beautiful Melbourne, Florida! Michael discusses his role with the Chamber and the great sights to see in the Melbourne, Florida area. We also discuss the fun things to do in the area, live entertainment and many of the amazing places to eat.
To learn more about the beautiful Melbourne, Florida area you can listen to this episode and all of our past episodes on www.spacecoastfunguide.com/321LiftOff
Thank you as always to our Sponsor Beachside Hotel & Suites in Cocoa Beach.
Episode 32 - Rising Tide Tap & Table Port Canaveral with Owner Rich Hensel & Chef Jeff
Today, the cast of the 321 Lift Off Podcast sit down with Rich Hensel, the owner of Rising Tide Tap & Table and Chef Jeff. They teach us about the amazing menu that Rising Tide offers and the great drinks that pair perfectly with the food. Not sure what to get, the servers will always be able to recommend something that you will enjoy. We also learn how Chef Jeff comes up with all of his creations in the kitchen.
Rising Tide has over 60 beers on tap with new offerings all the time. Come get a flight or try something new.
Rising Tide is located in Port Canaveral only minutes from Cocoa Beach and less than 45 minutes from Orlando.
Our very own John Belden tries his first ever anchovy live on the show. Will he like it??? You will have to watch to see.
Come to Rising Tide and try their craft cocktails and craft beers along with food from their scratch kitchen. Be sure to follow them on Facebook to find their special events and weekly specials.
Episode 31 - Christmas Special. Memories from the past and hopes for the future.
The Cast and Crew of the 321 Lift Off Podcast wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.
On this episode we talk about some of our favorite personal holiday memories and the hopes for a great future.
Episode 30 - Lisa Packard, Executive Director of the Eau Gallie Arts District
Hello and Welcome to 321 Lift Off! Today, the crew is joined by Lisa Packard, who is the Director of the Eau Gallie Arts District. Lisa discusses how she became Director of the Eau Gallie Arts District and what her role was. She also explains to our audience the EGAD (Eau Gallie Art District) role in the history of the area. The special events in the area and the murals are quite the attraction to see. Plan your next trip to the Space Coast on Space Coast Fun Guide.com!
Episode 29 - Rob Varley, Former Director of the Space Coast Office of Tourism
Hello and Welcome to 321 Lift off! Today, we are live at the Beachside Hotel & Suites located in beautiful Cocoa Beach, Florida. We are joined by Rob Varley, who is the Former Director of the Space Coast Office of Tourism and is now a nature photographer. We learn about Rob's history and background with the Space Coast Office of Tourism. We discover that Rob helped coin the name "Space Coast Fun Guide". Rob also tells us some interesting stories about his time as the Previous Director of The Space Coast Office of Tourism. Listen and enjoy!
Episode 28 - Mike Schwarz & Rich Hensel, Owners of Fishlips Waterfront Bar & Grill
Join the crew of the 321 Lift Off Podcast as they film live from Fishlips Waterfront Bar & Grill in Port Canaveral! We are joined by the owners of Fishlips Waterfront Bar & Grill, MIke Schwarz and Rich Hensel. We learn the role of Mike and Rich and how they run this fantastic restaurants. Mike and Rich also discuss how Covid-19 has changed some of their protocols. Fishlips is an awesome location to view a launch, watch football, watch sea life and watch live shows. We will see you here next time, until then, enjoy this podcast!
Episode 27 -Jeremy Edgar, Owner of Fin Expeditions Kayak Tours
Welcome to 321 Lift Off! Today, The crew is joined by Jeremy Edgar, who owns and operates Fin Expeditions. Fin Expeditions provides an amazing kayak tour that shows people the great scenery of the area. We learn about Jeremy's role with Fin Expeditions and his passion for the water. Jeremy tells us about some of the tours they offer and how beautiful the bioluminescence is.
If you are looking for something FUN to do on the Space Coast of Florida. Consider a kayak tour with Fin Expeditions. Tell Jeremy the 321 Lift Off Podcast sent you.
Be sure to find your money saving coupon on www.spacecoastfunguide.com
Episode 26 - Kathy Engerran, Interim Director for the Brevard Cultural Alliance
Welcome to 321 Lift Off Today, The crew talk with Kathy Engerran who is the interim director for the Brevard Cultural Alliance. We discuss Kathy's role as interim director. We learn about the role of the BCA and their partnership with the Space Coast Fun Guide. We learn how Covid has affected their marketing. We also learn about special events coming up.
The Space Coast has so much more than amazing beaches and the Space Program and Kathy did an amazing job telling our listeners all about the Arts and Culture on the Space Coast.
Episode 25 - Shannon Stanley General Manager Merritt Square Mall
Hello and Welcome to 321 Lift Off! Today, the crew is joined by Shannon Stanley, who is the General Manager of Merritt Square Mall. We learn the Role of Shannon as the General Manager. Shannon discusses how Covid has affected their marketing for the mall. We also learn about some of the holiday events and special vendors during the holiday season. If you're looking to spend a whole day at a great value, come to the movie theater on "Terrific Tuesday" where you can see a movie for only $5.00!!!
Episode 24 - Space Coast Office of Tourism Marketing Director Charity Stewart
Hello and welcome to another episode of 321 Lift Off! Today the crew is joined by Charity Stewart, who is the Marketing Director for the Space Coast Office of Tourism. We learn about Charity's role as Marketing Director. She discusses how Covid has affected marketing and what changes they have implemented. We learn about one of their recovery campaigns which was called "There's Space For You Here". We also learn about some of the fantastic destinations Charity loves to go to and spend her time at when she's not working.
This episode is jam packed with information on things to do when you come to the beautiful Space Coast of Florida. Make your plans to join us now.
For more information on things to do, places to eat and all of the area events please visit the Space Coast Office of Tourism's website: www.visitspacecoast.com.
To watch this weeks episode on YouTube please click here: https://youtu.be/C79InHNNiTg
Episode 23 - Cocoa Beach Trolley with the team from Space Coast Area Transit
Hello and welcome to another episode of the 321 Lift Off Podcast. Today, the crew are joined by Wendy Ellis who is the President and Creative Director of Space Coast Advertising and Lance Parker who is the Manager of Operations and Maintenance for Space Coast Area Transit. They discuss the brand new Cocoa Beach Trolley and the 10 days of Trolley kick off event. This new Trolley is going to be a great asset to allow both visitors and locals alike to get around Cape Canaveral and Cocoa Beach. If you are looking for FUN THINGS TO DO in Cocoa Beach or Cape Canaveral, the new trolley can help you get there. There will be plenty of stops along the way at different places to eat and places for fun here on the beautiful Space Coast of Florida.
You can view the video of this weeks podcast on YouTube at this link: https://youtu.be/VPJWnNoSngc
Episode 22 - Rusty's Seafood & Oyster Bar Port Canaveral
Hello and welcome to another episode of the 321 Lift Off Podcast! Today, the crew are sitting dockside at Rusty's Seafood and Oyster Bar. We are joined by Rusty and Rhett Fischer who own the bar. Rusty and Rhett discuss the origin of the bar and both of their roles. We learn about Bernard Surf and the great astronaut dinners. They discuss some of their signature dishes and what to order as well. Plus, don't forget about the daily live entertainment.
If you are looking for things to do or places to eat in the Port Canaveral or Cocoa Beach area, be sure to head over to Rusty's Seafood & Oyster Bar. Be sure to find your coupon on SpaceCoastFunGuide.com.
Episode 21 - Grand Re-Opening of the Valiant Air Command
Welcome to another episode of 321 Liftoff! Today the crew are live at the grand re-opening of the Valiant Air Command. We talk with many prominent members of the community as they discuss the impact of the Valiant Air Command and the history that the museum offers.
You can watch the video of this podcast on Youtube at:
321 Lift Off is brought to you by Belden Communications who produce the Space Coast Fun Guide. The Space Coast Fun Guide is your guide to all of the Fun Things To Do on the Space Coast including Titusville, Cocoa Beach, Melbourne and Palm Bay. If you are looking for attractions, restaurants and places to shop in our area, check out SpaceCoastFunGuide.com.
About the Valiant Air Command:
Founded in 1977 by a group aviation enthusiasts, veterans, and pilots, The Valiant Air Command, Inc. has grown over the past 43 years from a handful of aircraft to a continually expanding collection of over 50 historic warbirds from the beginnings of aviation to the present day. The Valiant Air Command, Inc. is a 501c(3) educational organization dedicated to the preservation of, education about and commemoration of Warbirds from all eras and the men and women who flew, maintained and fought in them.
Located at Space Coast Regional Airport, Titusville Florida, minutes from the heart of the American Space Program the Warbird Air Museum is sure to astonish both young and old visitors with our world class aircraft restorations and exceptional collection of military aircraft some of which you can only find at our facility. We look forward to sharing our nations military aviation history with you!
Episode 20 - Allan Chapman, Executive Director of Historic Cocoa Village Main Street
Hello and welcome back to another episode of 321 Lift off! Today, we are pleased to be joined by Allan Chapman who is the Executive Director of the Historic Cocoa Village Main Street. Allan discusses his role with main street and what brought him here to Cocoa Village. Cocoa Village has several parks featuring many amenities including a playground and an amphitheater. He talks about the upcoming Fall Arts and Crafts Festival and the many events that the Historic Cocoa Village Main Street puts on each year. We also talk great food and all of the amazing shopping and live entertainment that can be found in Cocoa Village. If you are looking for a great place to walk around and spend an afternoon, Historic Cocoa Village is the place to be.
Today's show was recorded on location at the Beachside Inn & Suites in Cocoa Beach and what a beautiful day it was. We recorded this episode from the Duck Dive Bar facing their amazing lazy river. Michelle Martindale joins us as well to discuss the Beachside Inn & Suites.
Episode 19 - Brent Kabboord, Manager of Golf N Gator & Beachside Grand Prix
Welcome to another episode of 321 Lift Off! Today, we have a racetrack sized episode! We are joined by Brent Kabboord who is the manager of Golf N Gator, which is a mini golf adventure and the Beachside Grand Prix in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Brent discusses his role with the attractions. We learn about Golf N Gator's 2 FULL 18 hole mini golf courses. Here, you can see snakes, gators, a tortoise and other animals. There are plenty of photo ops to be had. You can also mine for treasures here as well. Promo Pete tells us about his kids finds the last time they mined here. The Beachside Grand Prix is a Go-Kart experience like no other where there are specific power-ups on the track that can give you an advantage or disadvantage. It feels like you have been transported into your favorite karting video game. Visit them at Golfngator.com or beachsidegrandprix.com.
Special thank you to our sponsor Beachside Hotel & Suites in Cocoa Beach.
Episode 18 - Donn Weaver, Brevard Veterans Memorial Center
Hello and welcome to 321 Lift Off! Today is a very special episode filled with patriotic history. We are joined by Donn Weaver who is the Brevard Veterans Council Chairman with the Veterans Memorial Center. Don himself is a veteran and he discusses his role with the museum. We learn about their amazing library and the surrounding park. Donn discusses the VMC's Veteran's history project. The Veterans history project is a DVD series where you learn first hand stories of people involved in the military. We learn about the future expansion of the memorial center which includes an amphitheater and the moving wall.
Brevard Veterans Memorial Center is located in Merritt Island, Florida only a few minutes from historic Cocoa Beach. The museum is 100% FREE to visit, though donations are much appreciated.
This weeks episode was brought to you by Beachside Hotel & Suites in Cocoa Beach.
Episode 17- Nancy Peltonen, President and CEO of the Greater Palm Bay Chamber of Commerce
Welcome to another episode of 321 Lift Off! Today we are joined by Nancy Peltonen who is the President and CEO of the Greater Palm Bay Chamber of Commerce. We learn how Nancy came into her position and about her background. We learn about the tourism here in Palm Bay, especially the parks which feature many fun and unique things to do such as play paintball, skateboarding and an aquatic center. Plus, don't forget about the world class bike trails. Palm Bay is the Bass fishing capital of the world and If you haven't heard of Larsen Motorsports, LMS is one of the largest turbine powered drag companies in the world.
There is a lot to do and see in Palm Bay Florida and we thank Nancy for joining us and telling us all about this wonderful part of the Space Coast.
Episode 16 - Keith Winsten, Executive Director of the Brevard Zoo
Hello and welcome to another episode of 321 Lift Off! Today we have a very special episode as we are joined by Keith Winsten who is the Executive Director of the Brevard Zoo. We learn so much during this episode but first we learn about Keith's background and the love he has for his career. We find out the history of the zoo. We also learn about some of the animals here and how they stay in their natural habitats. The Brevard zoo has attractions other than animals! You can Kayak and Zipline at the Tree Top Trek. We learn about the Zoo's expansion and don't Forget to see Lorenzo the Sloth!
Episode 15 - Jim McKnight & Melissa Byron From The City of Cocoa Beach
Welcome to another episode of 321 Lift off! Today, we are joined by Melissa Byron who is the Director of Marketing and Economic Development for the City of Cocoa Beach and Jim McKnight who is the Cocoa Beach City Manager. The crew discuss Melissa and Jim's role and responsibilities with the City of Cocoa Beach. Melissa discusses the amazing food destinations here. We learn about the the Kelly Slater Statue and the many many attractions. Of course we talk about the amazing beach and let's not forget about the 27 holes of golf that are available.
Episode 14 - Sonya Mallard of the Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore Cultural Center
Welcome to another episode of the 321 Liftoff podcast. Today's episode is rich with history! We are joined by Sonya Mallard with the Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore Memorial Park and Museum. Listen to this episode to learn about Sonya's role and how she got involved with the Museum. We also learn about some of the amazing exhibits inside the museum including the amazing re-creation of the Moore family home that was bombed on Christmas Day 1951. Sonya tells the amazing story of Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore and the "Bomb heard around the world".
Sonya has a passion for what she does and it comes across in her amazing storytelling. This episode is a must listen to.
To learn more about the amazing life of both Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore please visit their website
The museum is FREE to visit and is truly a hidden gem located on the Space Coast of Florida. If you are looking for Things To Do, this museum is located less than a half hour from Cocoa Beach and only minutes from Titusville.
Episode 13 - Tara Dixon Engle, President of the American Police Hall of Fame & Museum
Welcome to another episode of 321 Lift Off. Today the crew is joined by Tara Dixon Engle who is the President of the American Police Hall of Fame & Museum. We find out Tara's role with the museum and how she got involved with the Hall of Fame. We learn about the memorial of fallen officers and what the Hall of Fame does for the families of fallen officers. Tara discusses the future expansion of the museum and what plans they have for the future. There are so many exhibits here to discuss but some key highlights are the many, many police cars from different eras and many different interactive exhibits with great photo ops! Our favorite was the scenario trainer to where you test your reaction speed and firing accuracy in different high stress scenarios.
Listen to the show to learn more. If you are looking for something to do while you are in the Titusville area or while visiting the Space Coast please stop in, you will be happy you did. They are located on your way to the Kennedy Space Center.
Episode 12 - Bob Boswell, The Executive Director of the Valiant Air Command and Warbird Museum
Welcome to another episode of 321 Liftoff. Today, The crew is joined by Bob Boswell who is the Executive Director with the Valiant Air Command and War Bird Museum. Bob discusses what got him into being a pilot and how he got involved with the VAC. We also learn about the many, many planes and the history behind them. Wayne Belden, Space Coast Fun Guide President discusses the story behind one of the planes he worked on back in Vietnam which is here at the Valiant Air Command!
Episode 11 - Jennifer Sugarman, President and CEO of the Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce
Hello and welcome to another episode of 321 Lift Off! Today the crew are joined by Jennifer Sugarman, who is the President and CEO of the Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce. Jennifer discusses the role of the Chamber of Commerce, Partnerships with the community and her favorite attractions in Cocoa Beach. Some of the topics she touches on include the Space Coast Food Festival featuring the Chowder Cook Off, Thunder On The Beach, wildlife, attractions, the beach and water sports.
Make sure you tune in and listen to learn all about Cocoa Beach, Florida.
Episode 10 - Karan Conklin and Mark Marquette of The American Space Museum
Welcome to another edition of 321 Lift Off. Today the crew are joined by Karan Conklin, Executive Director and Mark Marquette, Community Liaison for the American Space Museum. The American Space Museum is an amazing attraction located in Titusville. Mark and Karan discuss all of the exhibits here and what people will see and experience. We learn about the participation of the astronauts and some of the auctions that have been held here. Mark discusses what the "Stay Curious" web show is, and we of course find out what Mark and Karan love most about the Space Coast.
Episode 9 - Derrick Lockhart, Owner of Airboat Rides at Midway
Welcome to another episode of 3 2 1 Lift Off! On today's episode, the crew is joined by Derrick Lockhart, owner of Airboat Rides at Midway. Derrick discusses the experience of an airboat ride. Not only are airboat rides exciting, but the experience with animals cannot be beat. We also find out what Derrick loves about the Space Coast and some background behind the business of Airboat Rides at Midway. Make sure you go see "The World Famous" Porkchop The Pig when you visit!
Episode 8 - Mark Grainger, President of Florida Air Tours
Welcome to another episode of 321 Lift Off! Today the crew is joined by Mark Grainger, The president of Florida Air Tours. The crew discuss what Florida Air Tours do. What's the difference between a Bi-Plane and a helicopter ride. Mark explains where you can go on these tours, the background of his staff and what he loves the most about the Space Coast. Mark even can officiate a wedding in the air!
Episode 7 - Marcia Gaedcke, President of the Titusville Chamber of Commerce & Walt Johnson, Mayor of Titusville
Today is definitely an action packed episode. We have Both Marcia Gaedcke, President of the Titusville Chamber of Commerce and The Mayor of Titusville, Walt Johnson on the show today. They Both discuss their backgrounds and why they love the Space Coast. Hear about the ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the reopening of businesses in the area. Learn about the many, many attractions in the area and which ones are Marcia's and Walt's favorites. It was a pleasure having them on and just one episode couldn't contain all the information, so we will definitely have them back on to discuss why the space coast is the place to be!
Episode 6 - Laurilee Thompson - Owner of Dixie Crossroads Seafood Restaurant
On Today's episode, we are joined by Laurilee Thompson: The owner/operator of Dixie Crossroads, the "world Famous" seafood restaurant. The crew discuss Laurilee's family history in Titusville. Laurilee discusses the tool that helped start it all. She also discusses the Space Coast Birding Festival and the she gives a great description on bio-luminescence kayaking.
Episode 5 - Rusty Buchanan - First Vice President of The AAU
Today Pete and Bonnie talk with Rusty Buchanan. Rusty is the First Vice President of the AAU (Amateur Athletic Union). Rusty Discusses The Jr. Olympics coming to the Space Coast and how they plan on keeping everyone safe.
Episode 4 - Peter Cranis - The Executive Director of The Space Coast Office Of Tourism
Welcome to 321 Lift Off! Today's episode we are joined by Peter Cranis. Peter is the Executive Director of the Space Coast Office of Tourism. The crew discuss with Peter new marketing plans for the Space Coast, the 72 miles of beaches in our destination, the wonderful space program and exciting events that are coming to the Space Coast!
This week, Pete and Bonnie chat with Howard Schwartz: The Senior Director of Marketing and Sales at Kennedy Space Center Visitor's Complex. The "Flight crew" discuss Howard's role at KSC and how KSC is such an amazing attraction. We also learn about the future of the commercial space industry, the Mars Launch coming up in July and the news about the Jr. Olympics coming to the Space Coast!
Episode 2 -Tom Williamson Of Ocean Partners Associates
We are joined by Tom Williamson: The GM of Ocean Partners Associates. The crew discuss Tom's Role in tourism and the hotels he manages as well as the future of commercial space industry, what hotels are doing to combat COVID-19 and the procedures and precautions implemented in keeping the hotels clean. Tom also schools us on what the term "Per Diem" is.
Episode 1 - Introduction to 3..2..1.. Lift Off!
Hello and welcome to 321..Lift Off! This podcast is all about the great Florida Space Coast. Hosted by Pete Lynch and Bonnie King. Join them as they interview the Space Coast's most influential businesses and give you insightful information as to why the Florida Space Coast is the place to be!